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Week 1 of the 2016-17′ season an unfamiliar number 4 jogged out onto the turf to lead the Dallas Cowboys in the huddle. The fourth round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State and NFL MVP candidate, Dak Prescott, completed 25 of 45 passing attempts for a total of 227 yards. Not bad for a rookie stepping in for the injured franchise quarterback (QB) Tony Romo. Meanwhile, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, leading rusher, and NFL MVP candidate, Ezekiel Elliot, had a shaky debut rushing for 51 yards on an average of 2.5 yards per carry. After starting the season 0-1 losing to the New York Giants (19-20), the Cowboys started winning.
Week 2 the Cowboys beat their long time rival the Washington Redskins (27-23), then the wins started piling up weekend after weekend. When Tony Romo was cleared to play after missing the first 8 weeks, the Cowboys stayed with the stellar rookie QB as the starter. Since then, Dak Prescott has put on a show, conducting the greatest season by a rookie QB since the future hall of famer Pittsburgh Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger. Under Prescott’s wing the Cowboys have a record of 13-2 and then third string QB Mark Sanchez gave the Cowboys a late 3rd loss. This season will ultimately go down as one of the greatest regular seasons in franchise history and NFL history. If the Cowboys win the Super Bowl then it will go down as the greatest season in NFL, certainly Cowboy history.
Alongside the rookie QB Prescott and running back Elliot, the Cowboys have the best Offensive line in the NFL by far, a solid defense, and a top 10 receiving core. They have earned the 1 seed in the NFC and are looking to continue their success against the hot 4 seed Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round Sunday afternoon. Green Bay has won 7 consecutive games and just demolished the Giants in a Wild Card game by a score of 38-13, the only team who swept the Cowboys. It will certainly be an interesting match up as Aaron Rodgers is making a case with his play that he deserves the MVP and star receiver Jordy Nelson is out with an injury. My prediction? Green Bay 30, Cowboys 20, as the Cowboys have a lack of Playoff experience.
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